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Dave Eggers and his students at the 826 Valencia and 826Michigan writing labs compile fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics, as well as the category-defying gems that have become one of the hallmarks of this lively collection.

Editor’s Note
Introduction by Walter Mosley

I


Best American American Poem
  FROM Tin House, Sherman Alexie

Best American Term Paper Assignment
  FROM Kurt Vonnegut: Letters, editor: Dan Wakefield

Best American Anti-War Poetry Inspired by Kurt Vonnegut
  FROM So It Goes, Katharyn Howd Machan, Robert West, Shari Wagner, and Jim Wise

Best American Consumer Report
 FROM www.yelpingwithcormac.tumblr.com, EDW Lynch

Best American Advertisement for a Home Security System
 FROM Subtropics, Tim Wirkus

Best American Apocryphal Discussion Between Our Nation’s Founding Fathers
 FROM The New Yorker, Teddy Wayne

Best American Yada Yada Yada
 FROM @seinfeldtoday

Best American Tattoo Stories
 FROM penandink.tumblr.com, Wendy MacNaughton and Isaac Fitzgerald

Best American Comic That Ends in Arson
 FROM The Freddie Stories, Lynda Barry

Best American Story About a Hazardous, Symbolical Cesspool
 FROM The Paris Review, Peter Orner

Best American Poem About a Particle Accelerator
 FROM Ninth Letter, Brendan Todt

Best American Account of Tragedy and Nationality
 FROM Throwing Stones at the Moon, Sibylla Brodzinsky, Catalina Hoyos, Max Shoening

II

Ana Arana and Sebastian Rotella. FINDING OSCAR: MASSACRE, MEMORY, AND JUSTICE IN GUATELMALA
 FROM ProPublica

Pamela Colloff. HANNAH AND ANDREW
 FROM Texas Monthly

Jennifer Egan. BLACK BOX
 FROM The New Yorker

Jim Gavin. BEWILDERED DECISIONS IN TIMES OF MERCANTILE TERROR
 FROM The Paris Review

Cynthia Gorney. CUBA’S NEW NOW
 FROM National Geographic

Peter Hessler. ALL DUE RESPECT
 FROM The New Yorker

Nick Hornby. EVERYONE’S READING BASTARD
 FROM Byliner

Kiese Laymon. HOW TO SLOWLY KILL YOURSELF AND OTHERS IN AMERICA: A REMEMBRANCE
 FROM Cold Drank

Alexander Maksik. SNAKE RIVER GORGE
 FROM Tin House

Kyle Minor. SEVEN STORIES ABOUT KENEL OF KOULÈV-VILLE
 FROM The Iowa Review

Alix Ohlin. CASINO FROM Guernica

Miroslav Penkov. EAST OF THE WEST
 FROM Storyville

Kim Philley. TWO DEATHS
 FROM Epiphany

Davy Rothbart. HUMAN SNOWBALL
 FROM The Paris Review

Karen Russell. THE BLIND FAITH OF THE ONE-EYED MATADOR
 FROM GQ

Alexis Schaitkin. BONES
 FROM Southwest Review

Andrew Tonkovich. FALLING
 FROM Ecotone

Madhuri Vijay. LORRY RAJA
 FROM Narrative Magazine

 

 

Other distinguished nonrequired reading, selected by series editor Dave Eggers and the 826 Kids.

A-B
Adrian, Chris Grand Rounds Granta
Alarcón, Daniel The Provincials Granta
Apekina, Katya Maureen and Marjorie The Iowa Review
Baker, Matthew A Cruel Gap-Toothed Boy The Missouri Review
Bauer, Shane Solitary in Iran Nearly Broke Me. Then I Went Inside America’s Prisons Mother Jones
Begley, Josh A Gated Community Tomorrow Magazine
Boies, Brian A House Well Furnished Zyzzyva
Boubion, Gina Lujan The American Dream is a Combination Lock The Antioch Review
Bowden, Charles Return to the Arkansas Delta National Geographic
C-D
Cacicio, Jennifer The Jackson Six Lemon
Chadburn, Melissa The Throwaways The Rumpus
Cohen, Rich Pirate City The Paris Review
Colloff, Pamela The Innocent Man Texas Monthly
Delisle, Guy Jerusalem Drawn and Quarterly
DeWille, James Last Days on Rossmore American Short Fiction
Díaz, Junot Miss Lora The New Yorker
Dominus, Susan What Happened to the Girls in Le Roy The New York Times Magazine
E-F
Ehle, Rob Chemistry Zyzzyva
Engel, Patricia Aida The Harvard Review
Erdely, Sabrina Rubin The Gangster Princess of Beverly Hills Rolling Stone
Feldman, Kiera Grace in Broken Arrow This Land Press
G-H
Gaige, Amity The Soul Keeps the Body Up One Story
Garcia, J. Malcolm City of the Dead New Letters
Gauri, Varun The Assistant Secretary The Asian American Literary Review
Gavin, Jim Bermuda Zoetrope: All-Story
Gay, Roxane We Are the Sacrifice of Darkness American Short Fiction
Gessner, David Brant’s Requiem Orion Magazine
Gilbert, Elizabeth The Finest Wife The Rumpus
Gonnerman, Jennifer The Man Who Charged Himself With Murder New York Magazine
González, Rigoberto The Great Poetry Caper The Poetry Foundation
Gray, Amelia These Are the Fables Hobart
Haile, Molly Sentell Wild Man Blues Oxford American
Hanson, L.K. Some Pages from the Story of My Hand Ploughshares
Harmon, Joshua The Annotated Mix-Tape #8 Make Magazine
Hart, JoeAnn Piece of History Fifth Wednesday Journal
Heckert, Justin The Hazards of Growing Up Painlessly The New York Times Magazine
Hemon, Aleksandar War Dogs Granta
Homes, A.M. Hello Everybody Electric Literature
Houtrides, René Griffonia The Georgia Review
I-J
Iyer, Geetha The Glass World-Builder Gulf Coast
James, Tania The Scriptological Review A Public Space
Johnson, Lacy M. The Addict Creative Nonfiction
Julavits, Heidi This Feels So Real Harper’s
K-L
Kane, Jessica Francis American Lawn A Public Space
Kang, Jay Caspian Question of Identity Grantland
Keefe, Patrick Radden Cocaine Incorporated The New York Times Magazine
Kelly, Victoria Finding the Good Light The Carolina Quarterly
Kemper, Dawna Joshua Tree Zyzzyva
King, Patricia Grace Rubia The Florida Review Publications
Klay, Phil After Action Report Tin House
Kuzmich, Naira The Fearcatcher of East Hollywood Cutbank
Lai, Clarence Start Here Hunger Mountain
Lee, Dan P. 4:52 on Christmas Morning New York Magazine
Lennon, J. Robert The Cottage on the Hill Unstuck
Lerner, Ben Contest of Words Harper’s
Lewis-Kraus, Gideon Dance Dance Revolution GQ
Lopate, Phillip Why I Remain a Baseball Fan Ploughshares
M-N
Mann, Charles C. State of the Species Orion Magazine
Martin, Andy Hair Piece: Derrida in the Wilderness Raritan
Martiny, Erik Sartorius Fjords
McEvers, Kelly The Crackdown The Washington Monthly
McGlynn, David Leviathan Creative Nonfiction
McKay, Bruce The Wheel at the Cistern Zyzzyva
Mellen, Kyle Lighting in You a Tremendous Fire The Mid-American Review
Miéville, China Oh, London, You Drama Queen The New York Times Magazine
Miller, Mary He Says I Am a Little Oven The Mid-American Review
Moshfegh, Ottessa Disgust The Paris Review
Myka, Lenore Wood Houses West Branch
Nayeri, Dina Arya The Alaska Quarterly Review
O-P
Parrish, Amanda Prime Time N+1
Perry, Kirk Heaven’s Chief Musician The Alaskan Quarterly Review
Powers, Richard Genie Byliner
Q-R
Riordan, Daniel Wessler The Earth Will Swallow You Indiana Review
Rowe, Josephine The Vending Machine at the End of the World The Iowa Review
Ruskovich, Emily An Impending Change of Heart Zoetrope: All-Story
Russell, Karen Reeling for the Empire Tin House
Rymer, Russ Vanishing Voices National Geographic
S-T
Sanders, Eli The Shooter River Teeth
Saslow, Eli A Trip to the Threshing Floor ESPN the Magazine
Saunders, George The Semplica-Girl Diaries The New Yorker
Schulte, Elizabeth Borders Ninth Letter
Shipstead, Maggie The Great Central Pacific Guano Compan American Short Fiction
Skibsrud, Johanna The Electric Man Ecotone
Subin, Anna Della A Very Still Life Bidoun
U-V
van den Berg, Laura Lessons American Short Fiction
W-X
Warren, Mark Daddy: My Father’s Last Words Esquire
Williams, Tom The Hotel Joseph Conrad Jelly Bucket
Wong, Jane Unsent Correspondence Memoir Journal
Y-Z
Zhang, Jenny Outsider/Insider Rookie